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Countries hit by global warming press Western leaders for help as climate talks intensify

LE BOURGET, France From deserts encroaching on African farmland to rising sea levels shrinking islands of the South Pacific, leaders of poor nations most affected by climate change are sharing their stories of global warming with leaders of some of the richest on Tuesday.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy describes rescuing newborn girl buried alive under debris

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Adam Collette knelt on the asphalt and heard the muffled cries of a baby who had been buried alive.

He pried up two large pieces of asphalt, dug out loose dirt and plucked the newborn girl from the hole along a bike path, cradling her in his arms.

Canadian Oil Sands can stall Suncor Energy’s hostile takeover bid for a month

CALGARY The Alberta Securities Commission has ruled that Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. can stall a hostile takeover bid by oilsands behemoth Suncor Energy for a month.

Although it gives the target company less time than it wanted to seek an alternative to Suncor’s unwelcome advances, COS said Monday it’s pleased with the decision.

US commander: Some in military suspended for roles in deadly Afghan hospital attack

WASHINGTON - American soldiers and airmen who killed and wounded dozens of civilians in a strike on an Afghanistan hospital violated U.S. rules of engagement and have been suspended as they await disciplinary action that could include criminal charges, military officials said Wednesday.

As parched United Arab Emirates runs out of groundwater, relying on sea poses its own risks

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates As skyscrapers and gleaming towers rose with lightning speed across the United Arab Emirates over the past two decades, the Gulf nation’s thirst for water grew at an enormous rate so much so that today, it threatens to dry up all of the country’s groundwater in as little as 15 years, experts say.

Pope Francis to visit Africa for first time; Catholics there await a message of reconciliation

JOHANNESBURG Pope Paul VI became the first modern pope to visit Africa in 1969 and declared the continent a “new homeland” for Jesus Christ. During the quarter century of his papacy, St. John Paul II travelled to 42 African countries and earned the nickname “the African.” Pope Benedict XVI said Africa was a continent of hope.

Sea hunt for MH370 shifts to where British pilot believes airliner made controlled ditching

CANBERRA, Australia The deep sea hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner has shifted to a remote part of the Indian Ocean where a British pilot has calculated that the Boeing 777 made a controlled ditching last year with 239 people aboard, officials said Monday.

Missing red panda found safe after escaping Northern California zoo

EUREKA, Calif. A red panda that went missing three days ago from a zoo on California’s far north coast has been safely located and returned to her home in Eureka.

The Eureka Times Standard reports Sunday that the tiny creature named Masala was found safe and sound Saturday night and is back at the Sequoia Park Zoo.

UN urges all countries to release information on 1961 crash that killed UN chief Hammarskjold

The U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday urging all countries especially the United States, Britain and South Africa to release all information on the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold.